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Player Profiles

Braves profile of the week – Anthony Bada

This week’s Braves profile of the week is first year forward Anthony Bada. 

Bada, originally from Ottawa, played his minor hockey for the Ottaw Sting ‘AA’, until his minor midget year, when he jumped up to the Ottawa Junior 67’s ‘AAA’ team. 

His earliest hockey influence growing up were his parents Fern and Michelle.  “My parents did everything I could have ever asked growing up”, said Bada.  “Mom would have breakfast ready at 5 a.m. and dad would be ready to take me to the rink.  They always supported me throughout my career”. 

Today, Bada models his game after Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downey for his hard work, tenacious play in the corners and ability to put the puck in the net when the opportunity arises. 

Bada, like many of his teammates, credits the teams success to an overall buy-in to the systems put in place by Todd Gill and the coaching staff.  “Everyone has bought into the system and goes out every night to execute the game plan”, said Bada.  “Getting pucks in deep and crashing the opposing d-men, pays off when the third period comes around”. 

Bada’s attributes his personal success this season to a number of things including; hitting the gym to gain strength in his rookie season, and getting used to playing at the speed of the CJHL, a big step up from minor midget. 

Looking forward to the regular season run and post-season, Bada relishes his ‘favorite time of the year’, the playoffs.  “I live for the playoffs and look forward to matching the success that the team enjoyed last season”, said Bada.  “I think the team is playing well and should be in great shape come the post season”. 

Brockville has lost only twice over the past month, with both losses to the league leading Pembroke and Cornwall.  A matchup against both will be likely if the Braves hope to capture the elusive CJHL title, an accomplishment that last year’s record breaking team didn’t manage. 

Generations Braves profile of the week – Ryan Collier

This week’s Generations Braves profile is first year defenseman Ryan Collier.

Collier, who hails from Pointe Clair, Quebec, was born in Muiden, Holland during his father Geoff’s career as a professional hockey player in the Dutch national league.

Growing up in Holland, Collier didn’t have the level of interest and coaching available in Canada, but his father helped him with his early development, teaching him the finer points of the game.  “Hockey wasn’t a big deal in Holland”, said Collier, adding that his father and a youth coach, Hannie Sprong, were instrumental in his early years.

Today, Collier models his game after recently retired legendary blue-liner, Scott Niedermayer for his abilities in both the attacking and defending aspects of the game.  “He knew how to contribute on offense, without sacrificing his defensive responsibilities”, said Collier.  “He’s great at applying his assets to the game”.

Collier like Niedermayer is a great skater, that always seems to be travelling at great speeds effortlessly.  He can take more chances going forward, knowing that he has the ability to get himself back into position defensively.

Collier also has a good shot, having the ability to get pucks to the net, and the instinct to avoid defenders looking to block shots.  He has been a big part of the power-play and penalty kill, proving his coaches trust in him in all situations, no matter the time of the game.

As for the team’s recent success, Collier attributes a boost in team chemistry as the main reason for the turnaround, after a poor string of games saw them get left behind by Pembroke and Cornwall.  “We have come together as a team”, said Collier.  “We have been more consistent lately.  This is something that we are always looking to improve”.

Collier has collected some decent numbers so far this year with 4 goals, 10 assists, for 14 points, including five points on the power-play.

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